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Of Sea and Cloud Hardcover – June 30, 2014
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"The death of a fisherman...sparks a deadly feud in this...tale that vividly portrays...the unexpected beauty...of Downeast Maine.... Keller builds suspense slowly but inexorably...about what will happen when his fiercely independent sons find out how he died." --Kirkus Reviews
"Keller's debut novel examines the tough and hardscrabble world of Maine fishing families. With Shakespearean overtones, Keller's immersive story examines the difficult choices that are made when a family legacy is at stake. His well-crafted narrative builds into an epic story of addiction, greed, betrayal, and the vast power of the sea." --Library Journal
"I found myself swept away with the first stroke of the oar... So accurate and compelling that I couldn't put the book down.... The writing sings...[Keller] wraps you in the web of his fine prose... Of Sea and Cloud makes an excellent read that I highly recommend." --Fishermen's Voice
"Keller is masterful at timing his twists and plot reveals, and I found it difficult to set the book aside. The nuts and bolts of the lobster fishing business are fascinating.... I am eager to see what he comes up with next." --Missoula Independent
"This is lobstering like you've never known or experienced it.... Jon Keller's awesome novel, Of Sea and Cloud...is one you won't forget.... I was...captivated by Keller's descriptions of the lobstering life." --Bangor Daily News
About the Author
Jon Keller holds an MFA from Boise State University. After graduate school, he moved to the coast of Maine and spent several years working aboard a lobster boat and writing for a commercial fishing newspaper. He is now a clam digger on the coast of Maine.
Top Customer Reviews
Nicolas Graves has known nothing more than the life of a lobsterman. Day in, day out, year after year, he has focused on hauling in lobsters, setting his traps, and worrying about the price per pound. This single-minded focus was for the benefit of his family, but while he and his son Bill were tremendously close, his relationship with his son Joshua (known as Jonah) was fraught with tension and misunderstanding from an early age.
When Nicolas is lost at sea, Bill and Jonah pick up their father's mantle as lobstermen. Both learned at their father's side, and while Jonah left to go to college, he returned to follow in his father's footsteps. Yet their father's death has left them at odds—the two sons don't share the same opinions on what to do next, and have different priorities, especially as the price of lobster plunges across the world.
Bill wants nothing more than to continue as his father would, while Jonah isn't sure that this way of life is the answer anymore. While Bill finds himself enmeshed in a romantic relationship with a girl he grew up with, Jonah is restless and wonders whether his father's death wasn't some kind of sign. Yet as the brothers struggle with each other, and Jonah must deal with his unresolved feelings about his relationship with his father.
But Bill and Jonah also find themselves at odds with an unexpected enemy—Osmond Raymond, their father's partner in the lobster pound business for years. Osmond is also the town preacher and a deeply vengeful and difficult man.Read more ›
I highly recommend this book.
There is an integrity that belongs to these characters and this setting on the Maine coast that is not flashy, and it's obvious that Keller took his research and topic very seriously, versus writing a smooth exploitative narrative that could be made into a Hallmark mini-series. I highly recommend reading Sometimes a Great Notion alongside this book--thematically Keller has done an excellent job of capturing the modern angst of the individual(s) against the corporate whole that Kesey captured with the logging industry sixty years ago. It's good to know we still have writers willing to write a narrative that takes years to research and capture; writers who respect the reader enough to pit ugly reality against a pretty, feel-good story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When reading this novel, I kept hoping for any one of the characters to exhibit positive traits. It never happened.Published 3 months ago by Snow Goose III
I just couldn't get over the lack of punctuation, I found it so distracting (and a little pretentious) that it took away from all the other parts of the story that I did enjoy like... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shell Cottage
Prose exquisite; characters complex and engaging; story unexpected; overtones of Hamlet; Maine richly evoked. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Russell Heath
Good read if you like Mainers, and commercial fishing. The writers style took some getting used to but he captures Mainers perfectly.Published 8 months ago by Scott A. Colella
I enjoyed the story-telling of Jon Keller. The absense of proper punctuation made the reading more difficult than needed. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard F. Bordin
I enjoyed this book. Once I started reading it, I found it kept my interest to the end. I thought it ended a little abruptly, but I suppose there wasn't much story left to tell. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Browneyesea
Unable to read this it is so poorly written. I'd love my money back....Published 11 months ago by spinster